Asha Patel

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Dr Asha Patel studied psychology and criminology at Keele University before training as a Clinical Psychologist. She was the youngest on her doctorate course and worked in hospitals, prisons and secure mental health hospitals before setting up her own award-winning community interest company Innovating Minds, which provides accessible psychological support to help people with emotional and mental health problems in education, training or employment.


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A little praise goes a long way, but too much may be harmful


Asha Patel and Sal McKeown summarise a Dutch observational study of parents’ praise and children’s self-esteem. The research finds that parents’ inflated praise predicted lower self-esteem in children, and also predicted higher narcissism, but only in children with high self-esteem.

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